In 1865 the Matterhorn was the most prized unclimbed peak in the Alps. The Great British climber Edward Whymper had already failed to climb it seven times.
In July he arrived in Italy only to find Carrell, his guide on most of his previous attempts had been employed by a rich Italian to climb the peak by any means. Whymper, frustrated and bitterly disappointed immediately crossed to Zermatt to attempt the ridge that rose directly above the village.....
Leo Dickinson’s film recreates Edward Whymper’s subsequent ascent followed by the worst mountaineering disaster of the century when the rope breaks and four of his team fall to their deaths. This stunning opening sequence is followed by even more drama as Leo’s team climbs the North Wall in winter haunted by the music of Tubular Bells.
‘The North Face of the Matterhorn is one of the greatest routes in the Alps. Like the North Face of the Eiger it has all the characteristics that make it a challenge that only the strongest mountaineers can meet.’